Although I’m not longer a student, fall never fails to hold a promise of fresh ideas and new learning. As students, from kindergarteners to grad students, return to classrooms, libraries, and cafeterias, I can’t help but feel a serious pang of jealousy. I miss school.
Perpetual studentship: a distant, difficult dream with a price tag in the thousands.
Buffalo has a strong literary undercurrent. Just as important contemporary literary figures live and work among us layfolk today (check that noun usage off on my writing bucket list), our city has a wonderful history of welcoming authors, poets, filmmakers, and artists.
This fall, StepOut will help you keep your scholarly interests alive with the “Buffalo’s Leaves and Lit” (yay for cheesy, clickbait alliterations!) weekly guide. We’ll alert you to the high-minded going-ons around Buffalo – dinner and drink recommendations included (you know us).
Scholarly Activity: Buffalo Film Seminars Presents Out of the Past
Dipson Amherst Theatre, 3500 Main St., Buffalo
Tuesday, Sept. 20 @ 7:00 p.m.
$9.50 adults/$7.50 seniors/$7 students
Scholarly Eats: SATO Ramen
3268 Main St., Buffalo
Open 11:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. on Tuesdays
What better way to invoke the school and scholarly spirit that to audit a college course? University at Buffalo English professors extraordinaire Diane Christian – a former nun – and Bruce Jackson – an editor over at The Public – make it so easy and enjoyable to drop in on one of their courses.
Each semester, Christian and Jackson offer the Buffalo Film Seminars for UB English majors and the public. They select intellectual, cinematically important, provocative films from around the world to screen.Forty-five minutes prior to the screening, you can grab a handout about the film. Make sure you’re paying attention, because after the film the professors lead an open discussion with both the students taking the course for credit and the public.
And since the class takes place every Tuesday night, there’s always something to do when you’re jonesing for some intellectual stimulation on a Tuesday.
This Tuesday Christian and Jackson will be screening Jacques Tourneur’s 1947 film noir, Out of the Past. Out of the Past is a seriously fine example of the wonderful genre that is film noir. In the movie, you’ll find the femme fatale, the dark plot, and the dark cinematography we all love. Basically, a guy’s past comes to catch up with him – the details are for you to see.
Movies always make me hungry, so I’d suggest getting out to the University Heights area well before the movie starts and getting down with some A++ ramen at SATO Ramen. This tasty joint is just a few short blocks away from the theatre. The kimchi (kimchi ramen is also available) and the Okonomiyaki fries are top notch.